Erin Antenen LICSW, Clinical Social Work in Bellingham, Washington, 98225

Erin Antenen

LICSW

Erin Antenen

LICSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker - LW60841888
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • First Choice Health
  • LifeWise
  • Medicaid (some plans)
  • Premera Blue Cross
Fees: Free 30-minute consultation! Regular individual therapy rate is $120 per hour.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

Bellingham, Washington 98225

My Approach to Helping

A cancer diagnosis is a stressful, life-altering experience. When facing cancer, you need support in every new stage of treatment, from the shock of diagnosis, through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery, and as you transition to survivorship once treatment ends. Support is even more crucial for women with a stage IV diagnosis, who are living with cancer as a chronic illness or seeking acceptance at the end of life. Wherever you are in your journey with cancer, I'm here to help you navigate this new reality. I provide supportive therapy to adult women with any cancer diagnosis, women caring for loved ones with cancer, and "previvors"- women with a genetic predisposition to cancer. I specialize in helping women with all stages of breast cancer, and run a local breast cancer support group.

My therapeutic style is warm, empathetic, and supportive, and focuses on your inherent strengths and coping skills. I approach cancer from a whole-person perspective and believe that emotional health is an important part of healing and overall wellness. Therapy offers a safe place to ask questions, to think creatively and problem solve, and to let yourself be vulnerable during this difficult time. In our work together, I create space for you to process and grow through your experience with cancer.

More Info About My Practice

I specialize in home-based therapy, which allows me to come to you in the environment where you are most comfortable and makes it easier to schedule our appointments around your treatment plan. I also provide sessions in a convenient downtown office. I offer free 30-minute consultations to all prospective clients, to discuss your concerns and see if we are a good match before starting therapy. Please contact me to schedule a consultation!

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

My area of specialization is working with women who have a cancer diagnosis. Before starting my private practice, I worked as the oncology social worker in a large community cancer center in Maryland. I have extensive experience in the field of psychosocial oncology, and I am knowledgeable about many types of cancer and treatment options including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. I have worked with many women as they cared for a partner or family member with cancer. I also have experience navigating complex systems and can help with questions about insurance, Social Security disability, and employment rights.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

A cancer diagnosis can provoke many thoughts, feelings, and questions. Therapy offers a place to cope with a new diagnosis, process all the information you receive from your doctor, and plan for returning to normal life after treatment ends. Therapy gives you a place to discuss whatever is on your mind, which might include:

- Depression, anxiety, or stress resulting from your diagnosis

- How to share your diagnosis with family, children, friends, and coworkers

- Body image and physical changes resulting from treatment

- Concerns about relationships, intimacy, and sexuality

- Planning for the future with advance directives

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Cancer survivors, breast cancer survivors, women with cancer, advanced cancer, caregivers of those with cancer, previvors

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Terminal Illness
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
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